Apu Jan graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Womenswear before starting his own label. Specialising in knitwear, his designs feature a combined influence of history and fantasy. Fashion Scout caught up with him at the exhibition.

What inspired your combination of the real and the surreal this season?

I have been inspired by Petroleum and how it is formed. I have used the whole collection to describe the journey of how it is created. At the beginning I have represented the depths of the sea and slowly showed the transformation that takes place over 100 years. I wanted to represent how long these natural resources take to create and how quickly they disappear. I feel as though it is the same in fashion, we spend so long designing a garment and a few months later it is thrown away and we start again. 

Who are your main influences as a designer?

I am inspired by traditional oriental elements, this season I have based my silhouettes on traditional Chinese and Japanese dress. In terms of designers I am really inspired by Christopher Bailey as what he designs for Burberry is so wearable. I also like Japanese designers like Issey Miyake, he spends so much time designing a fabric that it becomes something of quality and something special.

How do you feel about being part of Fashion Scout?

It is a very good opportunity. A few months ago I never could have expected this, I was just a student in London. It has helped me connect with buyers and press and I feel honoured to be in such a beautiful location. I also like that I get to connect with different designers who all come from different countries and cultures.

Interview by Darcie Thompson-Fields (@DarcieTF)
Images by Siobhan Kerrigan (@SiobhanKerrigan)

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